The internet has replaced the encyclopedia set my parents got me when I was in 5th grade, and moving to the UAE means no more public libraries.
So when I want to do research, I do it online. I was looking for real ideas and tools to help me positively interact on a creative level with my kids. It may seem like it should just come naturally, but for me, I guess it doesn't.
Luckily, I found Mariah—creator and author of playfulearning.com. She is also an experienced educator and mother of two. She started her site in order to share and exchange ideas regarding the growth and development of children.
I was completely inspired by her atelier (the French word for artist's studio or work room). Mariah's atelier is organized and tailored to her children's needs. I immediately wanted to create one for my kids!
Mariah was nice enough to let me interview her. For some wonderful insight from a mother and educator, click here.
And for our lovely readers at Design to die for, Mariah has also kindly offered a giveaway: One lucky reader will receive a “Young Writer's Kit”!
Here is a list of things in the Young Writer's Kit:
Blank Notecards & Envelopes
Blank Moleskine “Writer's Notebook”
“To” & “From” Stamp
Colored Pencils for Young Writers
Pencils for Little Hands by Handwriting Without Tears
Name Plate & Alphabet Charts by Handwriting Without Tears
Sun Shaped Mini Punch
Lined List Paper
Basket for Storage
This is a great gift for any child. Thank you, Mariah! For more information, please check out playfulearning.com, and leave a comment below to be entered in our giveaway. Remember to check back next week to see if you've won!